A select group of agents and media was invited to experience pure wonder on a journey through Gifu, the Centre of Japan, last Friday [13 September 2019] at Sofitel Sydney Wentworth Hotel.
Gifu’s central location makes it the crossroads of Japan, where culture, history and tradition from all over the country merge together and flourish. Gifu Prefecture is divided into two distinct regions – Hida in the north and Mino in the south.
Easily accessible by bullet train from Tokyo (around 2 hours to Gifu City in the north), the Nakasendo (Central Mountain Route) – one of the five routes of the Edo period – connecting Edo (modern-day Tokyo) to Kyoto, some 534 kilometres in length, runs through Gifu, and offers fantastic opportunities to stroll, hike or bike and explore the Gifu countryside, solo or with a guided group.
Boasting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shirakawa-go Village, three of Japan’s UNESCO Festivals – Takayama Festival, Ogaki Festival and Furukawa Festival, Gifu gives travellers the opportunity to explore the Japan of yesteryear. Visitors can explore the ancient castles and castle ruins, Sannomachi Historical District of Magome-juku, explore the great outdoors at Amou Prefectural Natural Park and Hida Osaka Falls, or try your hand at the traditional crafts of Gifu – Kata swordsmithing, Mino ware, woodcraft and Mino Washi Japanese paper, listed by UNESCO in 2014 as intangible cultural heritage.
For relaxing those aching muscles after a day (or more) exploring, clients can visit Gifu’s hot springs – Gero Hot Springs and Okuhida Hot Spring Villages. Gifu’s cuisine boasts Hida beef, a succulent variety of wagyu beef, amazingly marbled, produced from a breed of Japanese black cattle raised in Gifu Prefecture, best enjoyed with the locally brewed sake of course.
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Lead image: Oyada Shirine and Maple Valley